I'm thinking of taking creatine. . .

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    Dec 15, 2010 11:19 PM GMT
    Any thoughts or suggestions? Did it help you? How long did you take it? Any negative side effects?
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    Dec 15, 2010 11:21 PM GMT
    I did it for about a year back in 1998 or so. It woulda worked better if I'd known what I was doing.
    Make sure to drink shitloads of water.
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    Dec 16, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    didn't do a thing for me and I took it for about 2 years...........Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Dec 16, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    its all water weight.
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 16, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    I was straight before I started taking creatine.
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    Dec 16, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    I made Celtic drink creatine.
  • Aries5452

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    Dec 16, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    I have been using it for a couple weeks now. I notice a huge increse in muscle hardness. I guess your supposed to cycle it like 12 weeks on 4 weeks off. I read an article in exercise for men only recently that praised the hell out of creatine. Just do your research and choose wisely.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Dec 16, 2010 3:19 AM GMT
    Creatine worked for me. I did the same workout before and after trying it. After, I was more toned and more muscular.
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    Dec 16, 2010 3:21 AM GMT
    How much is the ideal serving of creatine? Is what's written on the bottle good enough? How long should the cycle last? Other tips, please (I've been thinking of doing it also)!!!
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    Dec 16, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    like someone else mentioned - can be a lot of water weight. it's no dry gains.. so, you'll probably get puffy looking. but it will help you lift more. one big warning is don't take creatine if you have alcohol in your system, unless you plan on losing the last 2 meals you just ate. at least thats how it was for me (violent vomiting).

    and if you do it, my suggestion is to do something like Mesomorph or Jack3d. these are creatine + pre-work out supplements, which will give you a jolt of energy.

    the last thing i'll say is - like most supplements: if you aren't working out hard, or plan on being really dedicated then i wouldn't waste my money. the gains or effects you get from it won't be worth it.
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    Dec 16, 2010 3:32 AM GMT
    Do your research..

    I've taken creatine to help get me from 135 (*edited sorry) to 160 that i'm at. I stopped taking creatine about 5-6 months ago and wanted to tone up a bit. I'm still at 160 (163 todays weigh in). The problem with a lot of products that people say "you gain alot of water weight" is because you have to drink a crap load of water so that your kidneys don't get fucked...

    Again, do your research. Creatine will help you build but you have to, like product including protien, do your work when you lift. It's not a magic pill nor should it be considered as such. It's a product that was made to help you gain mass. It's up to you to make whatever mass you gain strong and bigger.. If you're going to put in the work and lift heavy while you're on creatine, then yeah it'll be all water weight.

    I've started taking creatine again since yesterday.. I fucking hate the start up for creatin cuz you have to take two servings a day from day 1-5. It tastes nasty and i don't care what flavor it is they're all gritty and taste like shit. But i do it so i can try and gain.. I'm sick and tired of being small and this is a tool to help me get bigger..

    Most important thing.. do your research <---- can't stress enough.
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    Dec 16, 2010 3:36 AM GMT
    When I was taking the BSN Mass Stack (NO Explode, Nitrix, and Cell-mass) I noticed that I had this puffy look and although I looked better than I ever have (this was my first venture into working-out).

    When I quit using the mass stack, I noticed any gains I had were gone in a week or so. Creatine is heavily loaded into one of those products, and from what I've heard from most people it's usually temporary in terms of gains.

    I only used the entire stack for about 9 months before having to discontinue it. Creatine itself may help you lift heavier but I wouldn't expect big improvements in the looks dept.
  • mybud

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    Dec 16, 2010 3:40 AM GMT
    It's a staple in my daily supp routine....I have gained visual mass and muscle firmness...I'm stronger....I take 5 grams in my first protein shake of the day....For creatine to do its job remember to drink a lot of water during the day....Much Success...BUD
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    Dec 16, 2010 6:32 PM GMT
    Thanks much for the great responses! Appreciate it!
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    Dec 16, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    Celticmusl saidI was straight before I started taking creatine.


    win.
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    Dec 17, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    Getting great results from SizeOn Max Perfomance. I highly recommend it, creatine is more than just water weight and Ive never had the bloating that critics like to throw at it.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Dec 17, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    You were thinking of this yesterday too, weren't you? IT'S OK
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    Dec 17, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
    definitely...I've taken it for a while. I take off a week every once in a while. It works great for me. Although I've heard from other people it didn't make a difference at all. I would try it, if it helps great! If not, stop. I would give it at least a month or two.
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    Dec 17, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    Its me second week on creatine. I just noticed Im getting some pimples on my forehead which is odd and I think it might be related to it...But it really helps my muscle to recover!!!
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    Dec 17, 2010 2:35 AM GMT
    Ugh I don't understand why you guys want to look so buff. I can see if you are in a competitive sport and you need it (although I'm still not keen on the idea) but for taking just for looks seems insane.

    Personally, I find the most attractive guys to be more naturally athletic with less muscle. Also, a little flab on your body is completely natural and is most often really attractive because it seems natural.

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    Dec 17, 2010 1:34 PM GMT
    TDorrahz saidUgh I don't understand why you guys want to look so buff. I can see if you are in a competitive sport and you need it (although I'm still not keen on the idea) but for taking just for looks seems insane.

    Personally, I find the most attractive guys to be more naturally athletic with less muscle. Also, a little flab on your body is completely natural and is most often really attractive because it seems natural.



    Creatine doesnt make you that muscular. Its just when you feel like you reached a plateau and want to gain a little more. Nothing crazy.
  • Vaughn

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    Dec 17, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidAny thoughts or suggestions? Did it help you? How long did you take it? Any negative side effects?


    It defiantly works. It's one of the few things that helps me gain weight. Right after you lose a lot of the water you gained, but you do gain a lot of muscle too.
  • twentyfourhou...

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    Dec 17, 2010 2:29 PM GMT
    Yes - look at my 4/09 pic and compare it to 4/10, that is largely due to creatine (at least that is what it does for me).
    In my case, i was also stronger and hard more stamina (in the gym anyway).
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    Dec 18, 2010 5:30 AM GMT
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    TDorrahz saidUgh I don't understand why you guys want to look so buff. I can see if you are in a competitive sport and you need it (although I'm still not keen on the idea) but for taking just for looks seems insane.

    Personally, I find the most attractive guys to be more naturally athletic with less muscle. Also, a little flab on your body is completely natural and is most often really attractive because it seems natural.



    Creatine doesnt make you that muscular. Its just when you feel like you reached a plateau and want to gain a little more. Nothing crazy.


    Yeah I just mean the obsession with looking cutter or more muscular. What's the point? It takes so much physical and mental energy when there are so many more interesting things to put that energy into.

    And yeah... I also just don't understand why guys have to be so muscular and are attracted to such muscle guys. It can be attractive if the muscle comes naturally or serves a purpose... like from a sport that requires them or from lifting hay bails all day. However, the guys that have big muscles from working out in the gym 6 times a week but don't ever need them or use them... It just seems phony and unappealing.

    Obviously it doesn't keep me up at night or anything and if people really love it whatever. I just think that a lot guys feel the pressure to be muscular in order to be attractive when it really isn't necessary.
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    Dec 18, 2010 5:34 AM GMT
    @Tdohrazz, no dont say that cus then ill stop working out >_< but honestly, i feel that most guy's love a muscular body over a skinny one. Plus it helps with my self confidence